Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 10, 2014
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
There is a counterfeit peace that looks good on the surface. It is alluring and exciting, but it only offers a temporary escape. This synthetic sensation only prolongs the agony of an agitated soul. A bank account solicits peace of mind, but money only creates more opportunities for conflict. A sleep aid may give us eight hours of undisturbed rest, but when we awake unresolved issues are still at war. Outward control offers a false sense of serenity, but only Jesus gives inner peace.
“True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin” (Malachi 2:6).
Furthermore, the peace of Jesus gives us peace with ourselves. The guilt of past sin is gone. If we shame ourselves over issues Christ has already covered by His thorough cleansing, we sin. The demons of depression have no jurisdiction over the Justice of the Peace–Jesus! Trust in Him empowers our tranquil soul. When we behold our Prince of Peace in uninterrupted worship, we receive His radical peace loving assurance. Our peacekeeper Jesus makes ourselves an ally. Our flesh mopes around afraid, but we have no need to fear, since Jesus is near. He is our peace!
Moreover, Christ can even make your enemies be at peace with you. They may not believe like you believe, but they believe, you believe what you believe. Your love and respect toward others is a peace offering God uses to extend His grace. The calm Christ puts within you is a testimony for those in turmoil. A person who acknowledges their peaceless heart is a prime candidate for the peace of God. Stay surrendered to your Savior and your peaceful presence will draw others to Jesus. Yes, let His peace guard your heart and mind. God’s peacekeeper Jesus settles your soul.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust in my Savior Jesus to guard my heart and mind with His peace.
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